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Canal of Burgundy tunnel
Canal of Burgundy tunnel
Coat of arms of Pouilly-en-Auxois
Coat of arms
Pouilly-en-Auxois is located in France
Coordinates: 47°15′48″N 4°33′23″E / 47.2633°N 4.5564°E / 47.2633; 4.5564Coordinates: 47°15′48″N 4°33′23″E / 47.2633°N 4.5564°E / 47.2633; 4.5564
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Beaune
Canton Pouilly-en-Auxois
 • Mayor (2014–) Bernard Milloir
Area1 10.12 km2 (3.91 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,507
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 21501 / 21320
Elevation 369–560 m (1,211–1,837 ft)
(avg. 384 m or 1,260 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Pouilly-en-Auxois is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France.

It is the start of the Canal of Burgundy, which passes in a tunnel under the town.


The town was originally sited on the St Pierre hilltop surrounding a (now vanished) castle and walls built by the Dukes of Burgundy and the 13th/14th century Chapelle de Notre Dame Trouvée (Chapel of Our Lady Found). Beginning in the 16th century the town was rebuilt further down in the valley and in 1868 the new St Pierre church was built in what is now the city center.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,046 —    
1968 1,136 +8.6%
1975 1,198 +5.5%
1982 1,396 +16.5%
1990 1,372 −1.7%
1999 1,496 +9.0%
2008 1,507 +0.7%


From the twelfth century, the town was a regional agricultural center, specializing in wheat and later hemp, oils, skins, wool and sheep.


The town features an unusual tower called "The Dove Cote", dating from the fifteenth century, the interior walls of which contain 1200 pigeon holes.

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